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MOST SIGNIFICANT LANDSPEED RECORDS 05

Samstag, 29. Dezember 2012

As Craig Breedlove climbed aboard the Spirit of America Sonic 1 on Nov. 15, 1965, he must have wondered when the craziness was going to end. In 1963, Breedlove had set the top-speed record at 407.4 mph over a flying mile. Just two years later, Art Arfons reset the point to 576.6 mph–an incredible jump. The Sonic 1 had the same J79 jet engine used in the F104 Starfighter fighter plane and, not coincidentally, in Arfon’s Green Monster. On that day in November, however, Breedlove, who was the first to cross 400 and 500 mph on land, also became the first to cross 600 mph. He went 600.6 mph, establishing a record that would stand for five years.

1965 Spirit of Amercia Sonic 1

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Freitag, 28. Dezember 2012

Art Arfons grew up in rural Ohio, working on the family’s feed mill to hone his mechanical aptitude. He and his brother drag-raced and beat legend “Big Daddy” Don Garlits in the late ’50s–a sizeable accomplishment. During the next decade, Arfons switched to land speed racing and built a series of jet-powered streamliners. Most of his cars used the name “Green Monster,” but this one is the most famous. It set and reset the top-speed record several times during Arfon’s battles with Craig Breedlove. On Nov. 7, 1965, Arfons established the top-speed record at 576.5 mph. He beat Breedlove’s five-day old record by over 20 mph. But eight days later Breedlove would make another attempt. To find out what happened, click to the next entry.

1964 Green Monster

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Donnerstag, 27. Dezember 2012

This one-off high-speed special started life as the highly successful Mercedes-Benz W125 Grand Prix race car. The engineers affixed smoother bodywork that enveloped the wheels, and added a 725-hp V12 engine. In January 1938, the Benz rocketed down a stretch of Germany’s Autobahn. It’s 268-mph speed was not an overall record–the Blue Bird had already cleared 300 mph in 1935–but it is the fastest any car has traveled on a public road. Less than an hour after driver Rudolf Caracciola made his run, one of the greatest drivers of all time, Bernd Rosemeyer, stepped into an Auto Union Streamliner in an attempt to go even faster. Rosemeyer, however, crashed and was killed.

1938 Mercedes Benz W125 Rekordwagen

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Mittwoch, 26. Dezember 2012

Race driver and motoring journalist Malcolm Campbell set numerous records with this car. With a rather astounding 36 liters of displacement, the supercharged Rolls Royce V12 produced over 2000 horsepower. Naturally, finding the traction to harness that power was a major problem, and wheel slip is why the car went “only” 272 mph on Florida’s Daytona Beach during its maiden 1933 run. Over the next two years, Campbell improved the car. He modified the bodywork and added dual rear wheels to increase traction. In 1935, on the Bonneville Salt Flats, Campbell became the first man to break the 300-mph barrier.

1933 Blue Bird

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